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Bestselling novelist and memoirist Dani Shapiro brings her expertise to this year’s volume of Best New American Voices.Now in its eleventh year, this series gathers the best fiction from hundreds of nominations submitted by writing programs such as the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and Johns Hopkins, and from summer conferences such as Sewanee and Bread Loaf. Joshua Ferris, Julie ...more
Paperback, 368 pages
Published October 15th 2009 by Mariner Books
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Rachel
This anthology deals with stories that came out of various writing conferences and MFAs around the country. Pretty much everyone is relatively new in their careers, and it's so great that they have a platform! It's also great that we have the chance to read such compelling stories.

Overall, I enjoyed most of the stories and I wonder that the ones I didn't might of had to do with personal taste. There were some definite themes that editor Dani Shapiro went after, particularly absent fathers and br
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Justin
It's the usual mixed bag: a few stories that are really great, and a few that maybe could have gone through workshop again. I feel like the problem with this series is that there's one guest editor every year, and a lot of the time you end up reading stories that have similar plots or conceits, b/c the editor has a particular topic or two he/she is interested in (in this case, so many of these stories had to do with absent fathers). And of course, the subject matter skews young, although that's ...more
Stephen Dorneman
This collection of short stories from America workshops and writing programs tends to favor stories with exotic settings, over-the-top characters, and layers of richness and subtext, occasionally at the expense of clarity. Still, plenty to admire, enjoy, and learn from in here. Standouts for me were David James Poissant's "Lizard Man," Claire O'Connor's "Cape Town," and David Lombardi's "Flight."
Martha
Never heard of this series before; picked it up cheap at Powell's. There seemed to be a quality of sameness in the tone, style of the stories.
Brigid
I'm sincerely upset that this series seems to have been discontinued. Every story in this book is a must-read for any aspiring short story writer.
Jenn
WOW! And I have only read the first story!
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